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Student preparedness key in campus gun conflicts


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By Alex McClung

One in four campuses were not deemed prepared for an active shooter situation, according to a recent opinion survey by Campus Safety, an online magazine focused on university safety programs. And while President Barack Obama is calling on public schools and universities to create emergency management plans, experts say student preparedness is key to surviving an active shooter situation. THE STATE NEWS ■■

Following Protocol: HIDE: - Close blinds and block windows - Barricade the door with anything but yourself - Don't huddle together but spread out and stay out of view - Quietly discuss actions should the shooter enter - Silence cell phones ACT: -Keep moving if in sight of the shooter - Have the mind set that you will survive - Be decisive on if you will fight and quietly discuss with those you are with if you will coordinate

“Nobody teaches people to respond to active shooters,” said Chris Grollnek, a retired Texas police officer and cofounder of Countermeasure Consulting Group, LLC, which helps organizations prepare for situations such as an active shooter. “Where do you run? Who do you run with? What if your friends are yelling for help?” Grollnek said student training is essential to dealing with active shooter situations on campus, and not doing practicing puts excessive pressure on professors to protect potentially ill-equipped students from harm. Obama signed an execuSee SAFETY on page 2 X


Senior center Derrick Nix takes a jump shot over Wisconsin defenders Tuesday, at Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. The Spartans defeated the Badgers 49-47 on the road.


From left, marketing senior Sam Surrell, horticulture senior Michelle Leppek, and hospitality business senior Rachel Barta sing songs of worship Tuesday, at St. John Church and Student Center, 327 M.A.C Ave. This is the group’s first time performing in front of the churchgoers.

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population of 36,747 undergraduates, filled with individual ideas and philosophies, is enough to make anyone’s head spin. But this confusion can be magnified for students who come to college with a list of religious virtues, set firmly in place after roughly 18 years of practice. From being morally torn on a Friday night to dealing with others’ perceptions of their faith, religious students at MSU have a host of challenges. To begin with, they’re more alone than they once were. According to Pew Research Center, religious non-affiliation is growing quickly among young adults, and the 18 to 29-year-old age group has the highest percentage of unaffiliated people with 32 percent. Although challenges present

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themselves to devoutly religious students in a sea of red Solo cups and college humor, some students use their faith to make sense of it all — while others redefine their religion altogether. “When I first made this decision, it was hard to tell people because it’s not very common,” said Derik Peterman, a physics senior who plans to attend seminary and become a priest after college. “I could probably get a job in science making pretty good money, but I’m doing this instead (and) I think that has a big impact on people.” For students similar to Peterman, whose faith has been calling him since he was 10, religion defines their future. But even for them — the fiercely and passionately religious students — the pressures of college come with the occasional falter from faith.

The packet detailed ... more effective communication and a higher emphasis on improving graduate education

moments I struggled the most,” he said. “I was on my own and could make my own decisions, so for awhile I chose not to go to church.” Peterman, who has since reconciled with his faith, said the newfound independence and the distractions freshmen are greet-

we do and what we emphasize has to change.” With her presentation, Simon released a packet outlining the broad plans of Bolder by Design. The packet detailed issues brought forth by faculty that Simon hopes to address with Bolder by Design, including more effective communication and a higher emphasis on improving graduate education. The outline also addressed a few major areas that need attention and action, including clarity about how to grow research while maintaining a focus on student learning, and a clearer view of how the university can become an exemplary interdisciplinary and integrated university.

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Physics senior Derik Peterman, left, prays with other students at a Bible-study group Monday at Berkey Hall. Peterman is a Catholic and he is interning at the St. John Church and Student Center.

Finding their niche To handle the pressures on religious students at a college campus their first year, some students cling to their faith to cope while other students choose to leave religion behind. When Peterman first got to MSU, his faith was tested. “That was actually one of the

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon began to unveil her new plan on how to move the university forward during the next 10 years and beyond at Tuesday’s University Council meeting. The plan, officially known as Bolder by Design, is a collaborative effort between Simon and faculty on where to take the university to make sure it remains competitive and one of the top 100 institutions in the country. Simon said Bolder by Design builds upon goals the university has pursued for decades. “Trying to find a way to be one of those top places in the world isn’t different from the 1960s,” Simon said. “What

SPARTANS HANG ON LATE AGAINST UW MSU takes down Badgers on road behind solid efforts from Appling, Dawson By Dillon Davis THE STATE NEWS ■■

For several weeks, MSU head coach Tom Izzo has emphasized the importance of Keith Appling putting together a consistent game from start MSU 49 to finish. The junior UW 47 guard has been tough to beat in crunch time, but often struggles to maintain aggressiveness for an entire contest. On Tuesday, Izzo got a taste of exactly what he’s been looking for. A day after officially being informed he’s a team co-captain, Appling scored 19 points to lead the No. 13 MSU basketball team (17-3 overall, 6-1 Big Ten) to a 49-47 victory against Wisconsin (13-6, 4-2). Not to be outdone, sophomore guard/ forward Branden Dawson posted his third double-double of the season with a careerhigh 18 points and 13 rebounds in a winning effort on the road. It’s the first time since the 2000-01 season that the Spartans have won back-toback games at Wisconsin’s Kohl Center. “This is a tough place to play,” Izzo said in an interview with Spartan Sports Net-

work after the game. “We had lost eight in a row and now we’ve won two in a row, but it was a well-earned (win). … Give our guys credit, I loved the way they were in the shootaround, I loved the way they were at the hotel, and we’re getting a little better.” After an icy start that saw both teams miss the first nine combined shots for nearly four minutes, Wisconsin guard Ben Brust broke the seal with a 3-pointer at 16:02. The basket was part of an 11-4 run to swing the early momentum in the Badgers’ favor. The Spartans charged back and brought the game within a single point capped by a long bucket by sophomore guard Travis Trice near the midway point of the half. Back-to-back 3-pointers reinflated the Wisconsin lead to 19-12. Appling was big down the stretch in the first, draining consecutive shots, including a four-point play to knot the game at 22 apiece. A late layup by forward Ryan Evans allowed the Badgers to carry a 28-27 lead into halftime. Appling and Dawson combined for 21 of MSU’s 27 points in the half and paced an otherwise poor shooting performance

“Give our guys credit, I loved the way they were in the shootaround ... and we’re getting a little better.” Tom Izzo, head coach

from the field. Dawson also added eight of his 13 rebounds in the game in the first half. Appling continued his charge into the second half and hit a pair of jumpers to put the Spartans ahead in the opening minutes of the frame. The teams jostled back-and-forth for position with both teams trading the lead near the midway point of the half. After taking over the lead on an Appling jumper with 10:03 to play, the Spartans ensured the Badgers never took it back, though Wisconsin battled late to give MSU a run for its money. Carrying a four-point lead with less than a minute to play, Evans hit a wideopen 3-pointer to bring the game to within one. Freshman guard Gary HarSee BASKETBALL on page 2 X


News brief Hearing set for renovations, hookah At Tuesday’s regular work session, the East Lansing City Council discussed renovations to the property formerly known as Evergreen Arms and a proposed ordinance that would ban additional hookah lounges within city limits. The abandoned buildings at 341 and 345 Evergreen Ave., are owned by City Center Two Project, LLC, the same group that owns the property on 124-140 W. Grand River Ave., formerly the project site for City Center II. Council set the issue on the business agenda for the next regular city council meeting Feb. 5. The ordinance banning hookah lounges from coming to East Lansing was discussed briefly. The city currently has two hookah lounges. The ordinance was discussed at the Jan. 8 work session and is scheduled for a public hearing on Feb.5. For more details on the work session, visit statenews. com. MICHAEL KOURY

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While peers are moving away from their faith, some Spartans use college years to grow religiously FROM PAGE ONE

ed with was a large factor that made him falter. These factors affect people of all faiths, said Sam Appel, program associate for the MSU Hillel Jewish Student Center. Similar to Peterman, Appel struggled to keep his faith intact after arriving at college. He said since middle school, he always made an effort to “keep kosher” by following a set of strict dietary restrictions that accompany Judaism. But these values went astray when he moved into his residence hall freshman year. Appel said finding the Hillel and the support group of students with similar values to his own helped him find his faith again. “Being in a new environment can change any of your habits,” Appel said. “(For students), it’s about figuring out what being religious means to them.”

Religious studies professor Malcolm Magee said the key for many students who want to remain religious during their college years is finding the support system they need so they can keep their faith a priority. This was the strategy for Sarah Garman, who now is a student leader for Canterbury MSU, an Episcopalian student organization. But to Garman’s disappointment, the numbers of fellow students in her organization are dwindling. She said roughly 10 students regularly come to meetings. “My religion is really important to me, and I try to go to church every week,” Garman said, adding at times, it is not easy. “There’s so much homework and everything … It’s hard to balance all of that.” Jeffrey Chan, the campus ministry intern for University Baptist Church, 4608 S. Hagadorn Road, said he has noticed a shrinking congregation of student populations — blatant proof of Pew’s findings. “Sometimes they might come (to church) to hear a nice message,” Chan said. “But they don’t want something that will change how they live their life currently.”

The definition of faith On a campus such as MSU, which was rated on Princeton’s list of the nation’s top party schools until 2011, students are surrounded by temptations. Peterman said the real challenge of being a good Catholic in his college years was prioritizing his life and trying not to lose his core religious values in the shuffle. “Maintaining that lifestyle of prayer, that lifestyle of keeping my eyes and my heart fixed on what is good with so many distractions here (is the challenge),” Peterman said. “Not just with sex and stuff like that and partying. Just the things in daily life — just being stressed and … putting other things in a higher place and higher priority than God.” Although many students might sleep through mass on Sundays, they’re creating their own definition of what faith means to them on their own time, said Alex Waldman, Jewish Student Union president. Rather than students losing their faith as Pew suggests, Waldman said current students are redefining the definition of faithful. “In general, religion has turned into something that’s different —

it’s not what it used to be,” Waldman said. “People make religion into what they want. Whether that be cultural or doing certain religious things, everyone has their own cultural agenda.” Magee said the current group of students he sees are “difficult to define as far as traditional religious terms go.” For many college students, modern day faith is about making the definition fit both their changing world views and busy schedules. “Everyone has something they hold near and dear to their heart, and we have to accommodate those things,” Waldman said. Although Rev. Mark Inglot hasn’t seen a major change in the student population of his congregation at St. John Church and Student Center, 327 M.A.C Ave., in the 25 years he’s been a priest there, he says he is surprised at how many students he meets that don’t call themselves Catholic. “The four years that you’re here from (age) 18 to 22, you grow more exponentially than you do at any point in your life,” Rev. Inglot said. “Students today are seekers and searchers — they are searching and seeking, and hopefully they find something of value.”

versity spokesman Kent Cassella said MSU has set plans in case of a campus shooting. Officials declined giving details for safety reasons. University spokesman Jason Cody said MSU has many ways to alert students of an incident or shooting on campus, but he wasn’t aware of any specific university active shooter training program for students. He said it is possible students participate in discussion or receive training during academic orientations. An academic orientation representative did not respond to requests for information by press time Tuesday. MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said student groups can schedule special training sessions with police. Tips on how to handle a campus shooting are available online

at The MSU police website advises students to keep moving if in the presence of the shooter, barricading the door when not in the presence of the shooter and not huddling with other individuals in the barricaded room. Food industry management junior Matthew Browner said student preparedness is especially important after a reported shooting Tuesday on the Lone Star College System campus, about 20 miles north of Houston. Browner said he was concerned administrators reportedly were telling students to get to safety during the incident, rather than educating students beforehand. Browner said he never received any training on how to react to an active shooter situation. “It would definitely reduce confusion on how to respond,” Browner said.

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Game comes down to final seconds in tight finish as Spartans squeak by Badgers FROM PAGE ONE

ris had the opportunity to put MSU ahead by three with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining, but only converted one to put the Spartans up by two heading into the fi nal possession. Junior center Adreian Payne fouled Wisconsin’s George Marshall with three seconds to play, which sent him to the free throw line with the chance to tie. However, Marshall missed the first and couldn’t set his team up with a chance to rebound on the second — sealing the game for the Spartans.


One in four campuses deemed unprepared for active shooter on campus in study FROM PAGE ONE

tive action requiring school officials to create emergency management plans last week. About 84 percent of public schools and universities had a written active shooter response plan, but only 52 percent had students practice the plan in the past year, such as MSU did during the summer, according to a 2010 survey from the White House. In a previous interview with The State News, uni-

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Technology, iTunes U app included in university’s plan for coming years FROM PAGE ONE

“People believe that higher education is in this phase shift,” Simon said. “Universities have tended to survive because the demographics and federal funding have been in our favor. We have to find a way to be competitive and still be a top-100 place.” Simon said MSU needs to become more competitive technologically, mentioning her desire to place MSU content and research on the internet using venues, such as iTunes U, an app for Apple iOS devices that allows professors to share course content with students and non-students alike. She joked she currently is taking an online course provided by Stanford, but she’s not a very aggressive learner because of her work schedule.

“Brand name places have embraced that they can be competitive and give away a piece of content on the internet,” Simon said. “We have to do the same.” As part of the meeting, Simon had faculty members and students fill out green cards with suggestions on how to improve the university if they could “wave a magic wand.” Acting Provost June Youatt emphasized the importance of having faculty input for designing a plan on how to efficiently execute Bolder by Design. “There really is a convergence of the kind of ideas we need moving forward,” Youatt said. “The next big idea might be on a green card today.” Evan Martinak, president of ASMSU — MSU’s undergraduate student government — was at Tuesday’s meeting and said he was enthusiastic about Bolder by Design. “We really appreciate the concerted effort of the president and her staff to get the input of the different constituent groups on campus on how to move MSU forward,” Martinak said.

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Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was nationally recognized Monday as the No. 16 best fraternity house in the country for its historic architecture and luxurious amenities, including a “full-size stripper pole,” according to, a men’s lifestyle site. associate editor Andy Moore said the top 30 houses were chosen from a pool of 60-70 self-submitted entries. Moore said the architectural design, history and notable residents of the houses also played an important factor. The house, located at 1148 E. Grand River Ave., was built and occupied by Beta Theta Pi from 1964 until 2006. Alpha Epsilon Pi lived in the house until switching residences with Sigma Phi Epsilon following Sigma Phi Epsilon’s spring 2012 expulsion from 225 N. Harrison Road. Alpha Epsilon Pi member and criminal justice junior Robbie Pasick lived in the house last year, but felt it was too large for his fraternity. “It was extremely big, it was unique. It was a cool architectural house,” Pasick said. “But as far as brotherhood and parties are concerned, it wasn’t a great house for us.”

Sigma Phi Epsilon President Mike DiFiglia declined to comment for this article. On, members of Sigma Phi Epsilon noted the house’s indoor basketball hoop, two full bars and a “full-size stripper pole.” Moore said multiple fraternity members claimed the house was designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. City records do not name an architect. The house also does not appear on registries devoted to the architect’s work and was built in 1964 — five years after Wright’s death. Although it’s unclear who built the house, it still has historic meaning to East Lansing. In a 2008 report released by the East Lansing Historic District Study Committee, the house was the subject of architectural and historical surveys and was “significant under National Register Criterion C,” meaning that the building exemplifies the architectural style of the time period in which it was built. “This fraternity has a style that is unique to East Lansing and is a wonderful example of the contemporary, exuberant architecture of the late 1950s and early 1960s,” the report stated. “The river setting, bold design, modernistic style and large scale clearly designate this as a one-of-a-kind fraternity.”

As temperatures drop and snow falls in the city, there’s little relief in sight for students dressed more for an arctic expedition than a walk to Brody Hall. It was 8 degrees yesterday in the Lansing area, with a low of minus 4 degrees in the early morning, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. Temperatures will rise throughout the rest of the week, reaching a high of 27 degrees Sunday. But with brisk winds, it will feel like temperatures are dipping below zero, National Weather Service in Grand Rapids meteorologist Brandon Hoving said. Despite the recent low temperatures, not much snow has fallen on East Lansing, leading to a surplus of salt for the city and campus roads. According to the National Weather Service, since Dec. 1, 2012, there has been 6.7 inches of snow in East Lansing. During the same time last year, there was 13.2 inches. Temperatures have been comparable to last year’s averages, but changes in temperature this year have been “more brutal,” National Weather Service Grand Rapids meteorologist Jared Maples said. Temperatures reached a high of about 43 degrees Saturday, then dropped below 20 degrees for most of Sunday. Landscape Services Acting Manager Sean O’Connor said he is surprised at the lack of snow this year, which has translated in using less salt. O’Connor said so far, 300 tons of salt have been used on campus since Nov. 15, 2012. During the same time period last year, 700 tons were used. “This has not been a normal winter for us,” he said. “To be almost in February and the small amount of snow that we’ve had … it’s surprising.” Director of the East Lansing AC A D E M I C S & A D M I N I S T R AT I O N


Department of Public Works Todd Sneathen said the city used 156 tons of salt between Jan. 1-18. Since the beginning of October 2012, the city only has used a total 177 tons of salt. Last year, the city used 752 tons of salt in January alone and 1,995 overall from October 2011 to April 2012. Sneathen said the city will store any remaining salt to be used next year. About 800 tons of salt are in storage now, the maximum that can fit in available storage bins. The city budgeted for an addition-

“This has not been a normal winter for us. To be almost in February and the small amount of snow we’ve’s surprising.” Sean O’Connor, Landscape Services acting manager

al 1,000 tons if necessary. Packaging junior Jeff Dennis said even in the face of cold weather, it doesn’t deter him from not going to classes. “Welcome to Michigan,” he said. “It gets cold here.” There is no strong indication for snowfall for February or a

change in temperatures, Hoving said. That might mean more salt to melt ice next year, both on campus and in the city. “Unless we have a pretty bad February, I’m guessing we’re not going to use as much salt as last year,” O’Connor said.


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STUDENTS, COMMUNITY REFLECT ON ISRAELI ELECTION As democratic parliamentary elections were held in Israel on Tuesday and took the international spotlight, many are wondering what effects this will have not only on Israel, but on an international scale as well. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party inched out opponents in the election, which many expected and polls projected. According to exit polls, the Likud party and Netanyahu captured 31 seats to win, as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, The Huffington Post reported. MSU community members are weighing in on what implications the election might have on peace talks and foreign affairs. SAMANTHA RADECKI | STATENEWS.COM/BLOG.

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At last Thursday’s ASMSU committee meeting, a new policy was discussed that would add an additional tax to tuition rates and allow students access to all on-campus fitness facilities. The new tax would increase tuition by $50, which is cheaper than the current $85 fee for fitness center access. The policy also includes an opt-out for students who would prefer not to pay for access to the fitness centers. Overall, this new policy can be seen as a great addition to improving student satisfaction at MSU. Although you can’t force anyone to want to workout or charge someone for a service they have no intention of utilizing, this new policy works to promote the idea of a healthy lifestyle. And by allowing students the opportunity to opt-out of this tax and decide whether they would prefer to spend the additional $50, this policy can only be seen as a positive addition to the university. For students who already purc hase f it ness passes throughout the school year, this new tax lowers the cost of what they would normally spend. For those students who might have been skeptical to




purchase a fitness pass before, this policy can be seen as a new, cheaper incentive to promote physical health. Despite the positive aspects to this new policy, there still are many questions that should be considered by council members before they vote at this Thursday’s general assembly meeting. If this policy is passed, MSU should expect an influx of student visitors to the facilities, therefore, capacity and access to equipment must be examined. Although this might require the university to open new fitness centers, which would be open for longer hours with additional staff, charging students to work out in a place that is cramped or requires waiting in long lines for equipment is not an accurate justification for the new tax. Another question is why a charge should be required from students to use on-campus fitness centers in the first place. Most of the schools in the Big Ten already offer free access to their fitness centers, and students don’t incur any additional tax on their tuition. Instead of offering a discounted price for working out and adding this cost as a tax on their tuition, making the notion of helping students stay physically active throughout the year without making them spend extra money could send a more positive message. Despite these questions, this new tax should be welcomed by both the students and the university and be looked at as something that makes the idea of staying in shape an easier task throughout the year.

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taying in shape t h roughout t he school year might be a much simpler task for students if a new ASMSU policy is passed — but our waistlines won’t be the only thing feeling the burn.

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“The Dorm Decision” ‘“Studies show that students who live on-campus have higher grade point averages, graduate sooner and are more engaged in the campus community,” Chaney said.’ Except correlation is not the same as causation... What about non-traditional students who may have jobs or a family? They may take longer to graduate and have lower grade point averages (not that they couldn’t get higher, just that sometimes schoolwork must be sacrificed for more important things). And they wouldn’t be living on campus. Kind of skews the stats. ThinkItThrough, Jan. 22 via

“Senate Republicans introduce new gun bill” Great I’ll take two! States rights, go Michigan. Get back to leading manufacturing worldwide. Patriot, Jan. 21 via

“[G]et back to leading manufacturing worldwide”? How about Michigan gets with the times and focuses on the service industry like the rest of the world? America’s future is certainly not in manufacturing. Commenter, Jan. 21 via


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SU students and and, at least, keep the environadministrators alike ment as safe as you can,” he told “Freakonomics.” have voiced concern Oliver Luck, the athletic director about the sparse stu- at WVU, explained a little of the dent attendance at Spartan football logic behind the initial decision. “I think we close our eyes a litgames this past season. Men’s bastle bit to a tailgate culture that is ketball head coach Tom Izzo said, out there. And what we’ve said “You can tell me about the tick- is, ‘We’re going to encourage that et prices. You can tell me all that. tailgate culture, but that stops at the door.’ And I think that’s a litBaloney, because the tickets are tle bit... odd,” Luck said in an interview with sold. It’s not about the GUEST COLUMNIST “Freakonomics.” ticket prices. It’s about Minnesota saw simithe passion and the lar results after opening up enthusiasm.” alcohol sales to fans. University police Lieutenant There does seem to be Erik Swanson said the sale a problem and I might of alcohol did not result in have a solution. any major complications. The idea comes from “In previous years, the University of MinALEX BROOKS fans knew they couldn’t nesota. The “ drink inside the staditure” at Minnesota votum, so they arrived at ed to make a change on Saturday afternoons and per- games already drunk. This year, mit the sale of alcohol at Gopher fans knew they could drink at the stadium and thus arrived in a betgames. What do you think? Can alcohol ter state,” Swanson said. Police-related incidents at Gopher be a game changer? Before we look at the money, let’s games dropped by 43 percent. It is possible that high prices consider the obvious downsides. Do we really need more drunks? might have something to do with The police already have their hands the puzzling lack of over-consumpfull. The idea of thousands of stu- tion. A beer at TCF Bank Stadium, dents with access to alcohol is where Minnesota plays football, frightening. Intoxicated fights and runs a steep $7.25. This might be a little too steep for students living even riots come to mind. Do you need a beer spilled down on a student salary to overdo it. What about the additional costs your back on a brisk (but sunny) November afternoon? Sounds hor- to the university? Do the costs associated with adding beer tents, rific to me. And what about underage drink- extra police, extra medical, proping? The danger and the liability is erty damage etc., outweigh the a real issue to the university and benefits? Let’s ask the athletic department needs to be taken seriously. It probably is quite easy to pass along a at Minnesota. They pulled in a cool beer to an underage buddy in a $907,000 in alcohol related revemass of screaming and hollering nues this season. That is an average revenue increase of $129,610 per on third and short. But what if I told you the expe- home game! And let me mention rience at dozens of other universi- that the average attendance at a ties that serve alcohol to the pub- Minnesota football game is roughly lic is quite the opposite? 50,000 people or about 20,000 peoThe authors of the popular book ple less than a Spartan game. “Freakonomics,” a book that evalAll of this sounds almost too uates the effects of various incen- good to be true. Is it really possitives on human behavior, recent- ble that one could set loose a mind ly took a look at whether selling altering substance on a crowd of alcohol at football games could rowdy fans and see an increase in cut down on outrageous drunk- revenue and a decrease in policeen behavior. The conclusion was related incidents? Even I have a yes. hard time believing this. They used data from the West However, keep in mind that corVirginia University, or WVU, which relation does not mean causation. permitted the sale of alcohol start- It is possible there could be some ing in 2011. The results were sur- additional factors, yet unidentified, prising. WVU saw a 6 percent contributing to these results. Nonedecrease in calls to the police, a theless, the sale of alcohol does not 35 percent decrease in arrests and, seem to unleash any severe negafi nally, a 23 percent decrease in tive externality. legal charges. So, the benefit of an additionBob Roberts, chief of the WVU al $1 million to the university plus Police was surprised to see arrest the benefit of enjoying a beer seems numbers decreased following the to outweigh the cost of an occanew alcohol policy. sional beer down the back. And it “You know, you might as well might just put some people back face reality and try to control it in the seats.

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The MSU Jazz Studies program received a $1 million donation from the MSU Federal Credit Union, or MSUFCU, on Sunday. Students and faculty see the endowment as an opportunity to push the program to new heights. Assistant professor of jazz trombone Michael Dease said with the donation, the program will bring in world-renowned musicians not only to perform, but also teach and mentor students in the jazz studies program. “We will see immediate impact in the fall of 2013 ,” he said. “Certainly a gift like this has brought a lot of attention to the jazz studies program


Jazz studies freshman Duncan Tarr plays the cello in his jazz class Tuesday at the Music Building.

here, which will positively impact enrollment. The students always look forward to seeing professional jazz artists. It’s one of the highlights of studying here at MSU.” Dease said the endowment was a way of acknowledging the standard of excellence in the jazz program. “MSU students have gone on to distinguish themselves with competitive jazz environments in New York, Chicago, New Orleans and around the world,” he said. April Clobes, executive vice president and chief operat-

ing offi cer of MSUFCU, said the gift was their way of giving back to more than just the university. “(The endowment will) have a positive impact on not only MSU, but the community,” Clobes said. Jazz studies junior Lafe King, a member of Be-Bop Spartans, said he is excited to see how the endowment improves the program. “It’s going to be a chance for us to really move into the upper echelon of programs nationally,” King said. “It’ll also allow us to have great access to

people, such as Branford Marsalis or Sonny Rollins — just any great jazz musician would be able to hang with us, and we’ll be able to learn from them.” Jazz especially is important for King, who said the improvisation and freedom is what sets it apart from other musical genres. “It’s the only music where you’re supposed to let yourself be apart of the equation,” he said. “But jazz is really the freest of the artistic forms ... it’s closer to you than it is to a composer.” PHOTO CREDIT

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‘BackStage Pass’ keeps rolling

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With its new season of “BackStage Pass,” WKAR is all about local music. The TV show, which aired its pilot in 2009, displays the talent of local Michigan bands of various genres, said Tim Zeko, WKAR’s executive producer. “The idea was to showcase local performers and local artists, but as the series grew, we expanded our reach in terms of art featured to the state of Michigan, in places like Grand Rapids, Flint and Detroit,” Zeko said. “BackStage Pass” opened its fourth season on Sunday with a

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, or MCACA. “Every year, the council provides grant money that can be applied for,” said Alison Loveday, MCACA’s programs manager. “There’s a list of criteria, and the panel would have reviewed it and rewarded funding based on merit.” Unlike other seasons of “BackStage Pass,” season four features a few bands from other states, including the Sena Ehrhardt Band, based in Minnesota. “(Sena is) branching out and spreading her wings,” said Jamie Lindquist, the band’s booking agent at ARM Entertainment. “We’re looking to get out of Minnesota and get to the world.”

performance from heavy-metal band Silent Lapse, which hails from Westphalia, Mich. All acts for the show were recorded at local festivals, such as Lansing JazzFest, Michigan Mosaic Music Festival and Old Town BluesFest. For Zeko, it was important to present the artists to viewers on the show in a relatable way. “It’s important for people to be able to identify with the performers as men and women who work among us,” he said. “We want people to recognize that performances ... are enhancing the quality of life here in Michigan.” WK AR received funding through a grant given by the

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For John and Joe Rizqallah, wrestling has never brought them closer. Both picked up the sport in middle school before coming to MSU and wrestling on the same team a year ago. John Rizqallah, a sophomore 184-pounder, is in his first full year in the starting lineup while his brother continues to volunteer with the team as he finishes earning his degree. “In his first year of competition all that hard work is finally paying off,” Joe Rizqallah said of his brother. “I’m glad that we had the

opportunity to be on the same team together and work out with each other.” In three seasons in the heavyweight division for the Spartans, the older Rizqallah racked up 40 wins, including an upset against then-No. 5 Cameron Wade of Penn State in 2011. Wrestling hasn’t always been in the Rizqallah family, but when John Rizqallah took it up in middle school, his older brother was soon to follow. As wrestling seasons have come and gone, the competition between the brothers has changed. “It’s a different kind of competition now than it was when you were younger,” Joe Rizqallah said. “We push each other

“In the back of my mind, Joe is a national qualifier, so right now he’s still ahead of me. My goal is to be an All-American. I’ve got to top him in my career. I’ve gotta get there.” John Rizqallah, sophomore 184-pounder

as siblings, and we’re always competing and now it fi nally all adds up, and you want nothing more than your sibling to be successful.” John Rizqallah is No. 18 in his weight class — the first national ranking of his career — after a 6-3 decision over then-No. 11 Ethan Lofthouse of No. 3 Iowa on Sunday, his 10th dual meet win of the season. The brothers still wrestle, and

the younger Rizqallah said they trade wins, but the one who comes out on top gets more than just bragging rights when they go home. “If he wins, I’m doing the dishes, if I win, he’s doing the dishes,” John Rizqallah said. “I knew that I would have to beat him, or else you go home and someone’s getting made fun of for their performance.” With his eyes always on the

prize, John Rizqallah said he uses his brother’s accomplishments at MSU as benchmark for his still-young career. “In the back of my mind, Joe is a national qualifier, so right now he’s still ahead of me,” he said. “My goal is to be an All-American. I’ve got to top him in my career. I’ve gotta get there.” The brothers have a similar, unorthodox style that slows opponents down and focuses more on defense. Head coach Tom Minkel said both of the Rizqallahs have great qualities to be wrestlers; the most important of them is the passion they have for the sport. “John and Joe are close, and

it’s fun to watch them together,” Minkel said. “Joe had a very strong couple years here in our program, and I expect John will have a remarkable couple of years here coming up.” When the two began competing in middle school, they had a love/hate relationship with the sport that they would eventually grow to love. In the end, they both want each other to succeed and even though they aren’t on the mat together every match, their connection remains strong. “When I’m out there, he can relate to what I’m doing, so I feel good when he’s in my corner,” John Rizqallah said. “Having him on the edge of the mat is always a big help.”


Assistant coach Chris Williams, right, and sophomore 184-pounder John Rizqallah talk during a meet Sunday at Jenison Field House. Rizqallah beat Iowa’s Ethen Lofthouse 6-3.


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